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Lakeview Businesses Launch Online Marketplace To Get Chicagoans To Shop Local On Amazon Prime Day

The marketplace has hundreds of items from local stores and restaurants within the Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce's boundaries.

Businesses and buildings along Southport Avenue in the Lakeview neighborhood on March 3, 2021.
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LAKEVIEW — Businesses in West Lakeview and Roscoe Village have banded together to launch an online marketplace to compete with Amazon ahead of the online retail giant’s Prime Day.

The Lakeview Roscoe Village Online Marketplace, which launched Wednesday, is a collection of hundreds of items from local stores and restaurants within the Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce’s boundaries.

The marketplace is supported by the local business chamber and Special Service Area 27, according to a statement. They launched it to counter Amazon Prime Day, an online promotion running June 21–22 in which Amazon offers deals.

“Our small businesses continue to be the heart of our community, and the need for shopping locally has never been greater,” Colton Davis, business service manager for the Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber, said. “Now customers can drive much-needed traffic to our local businesses and can easily browse the unique products and services available.”

The marketplace includes products from a variety of local businesses, including retailers, restaurants, and health and wellness businesses. A full list of participating businesses can be found on the local chamber’s website.

Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across the city for Block Club Chicago.

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